22 cities in 45 days! (6/27-8/12) | Part 2 (Milan)

Summer Backpacking 2015

Ronchamp, Belfort, Basel, ZurichMilan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Santorini, Athens, Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar, Zagreb, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt

This is part 2 of my trip, which consist mostly of the cities I visited in Italy! A friend of mine came from the states to join me in this Eurotrip(We both received the E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship.) We visited the world expo in milan, and also the art biennial in Venice, so there will be wide variety of mini pavilions and artists work in this post. I also dropped my cellphone in the ocean the day before our flight to Santorini, so I almost decided to fly back to Taiwan after Greece. Luckily my phone revived 3 days later when we were at santornini, so I was able to take a few photos before we left. By the end of this trip I have already stayed in europe for over 80 days and travelled to 12 countries(including Vatican city) and over 25 cities across europe. My friend and I got sick at the end of the trip, so we got really lazy when we arrived to Germany. Anyway, I'm writing this blog about 4 months after the end of this trip, so many of the details may not be illustrated. All the picture's here are taken with my smartphone with an exception of a few from my friend congee (bokeh heavy pictures). Non of these images are post processed (No PS NO BS), except for a few instagram photos I might include.

 

05. Milan, Italy (6/30-7/4)

We didn't do much the first day we go to Milan, since it was already around 7PM after a long bus ride and metro ride to our Airbnb location. The first thing we ate was the pizza right across from our place! 5 euros for a large pizza, extremely cheap and delicious in comparison to food in Switzerland.

Iconic View all over Milan's Metro

Iconic View all over Milan's Metro

Città delle Culture Museum

The first stop that we went to was David Chipperfield's disowned museum. He wanted to disown this building because the Milan officials used cheap floor finishing instead of the ones David Chipperfield wanted. 

David Chipperfield has renounced his Città delle Culture museum and gallery complex in Milan after a “pathetic dispute” over the quality of flooring material used.

The British architect has accused Milan officials of ignoring his design and installing a poor quality stone floor throughout the £44 million complex, which is due to open later this month in the Italian city.

This, Chipperfield said, has resulted in a finish that is “unacceptable” and has forced him to publicly disown the project.

”It is a pathetic dispute at the end of 15 years work. However I can do no more,” he said in a statement sent to Dezeen. He also urged taxpayers to demand the building be finished to the standard that was promised.
— http://www.dezeen.com/2015/04/07/david-chipperfield-disowns-milan-city-of-culture-citta-delle-culture-museum-gallery-flooring-row/
Milan Duomo

Milan Duomo

Milan Duomo ! Sadly, I didn't take a lot of good pictures of this beautiful gothic cathedral. Donato Bramante and Leonardo Da vinci were both involved in the designing of this cathedral, which finished around 1965. This is the 5th largest church in the world, and one of the most unique cathedrals I've seen so far! Maybe I'll ask for more pictures of the interior from my friend Congee, I was busy writing my essay for the Paris Program that day so I didn't get to see the interior.This may be one of my main regret from my many regrets in this trip! 

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

A bunch of high end brands in this market! I don't think we could have afford anything in the market, so I didn't pay any attention to the shops inside. London also has a similar market inspired by Galleria Vittorio, called the Leadenhall market next to Richard Roger's Lloyd's building. 

interior
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, [1] the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galleria_Vittorio_Emanuele_II
Milan expo gate

Milan expo gate

We went to g pick up our tickets for the next day here, so we could avoid the line at the expo station.

Man enjoying sun

Man enjoying sun

Fountain

Fountain

100% crop

100% crop

Italian leisure time

Sforza Castle

Sforza Castle

I think I lost a few pictures while transferring files from my cellphone to my computer. Somehow I lost all my pictures within the Sforza castle.... I definitely don't do milan justice

Arch

Arch

Interesting reflective facade

Interesting reflective facade

Milan MiCo Congressi

Milan MiCo Congressi

Steel mesh facade of the milan congressi. This building is inaccessible to the public. We also went to the Piazza Vino Gino Valle and saw a glimpse of Parco del Portello on the other side of the bridge

Parco del Portello

Parco del Portello

Congee sleeping in public #1

Congee sleeping in public #1

Congee sleeping in public #2

Congee sleeping in public #2

Italian night market 

Italian night market 

Italian night market 

Italian night market 

Congee was super tired from his trip to Milan, so I started a collection of him sleeping in public.( there will be more pictures sorry congee). Anyways I visited a night market near our Airbnb. The night market is located along a river Linea Traghetti Gaggiano Milano.

Wine Vending Machine

Wine Vending Machine

There are a bunch of vending machines on the streets which sell alcohol and other 18+ commodities. I wonder what the normal drinking age in Italy is~


The next day we spent a whole day at the world expo!

World Expo

World Expo

The main theme for the expo was food this year, so we spent most of our time eating rather than visiting all the pavilions. (small regret)

Expo shading by Herzog De Meuron 

Expo shading by Herzog De Meuron 

The shading was nice, but I kind of wished the structure didn't obstruct the views of pavilions on the side

Brazil

Brazil

Ireland

Ireland

korea

korea

The line at the brazilian pavilion was too long so we didn't get a chance to go in...

The rice countries

Malaysia

Malaysia

Uruguay

Uruguay

China

China

Reminds me of the Spanish pavilion in shanghai expo

Argentina

Argentina

Romania

Romania

France 

France 

Way too many pictures to show, so I'm just going to keep it brief!

Libeskind Structures

Libeskind Structures

Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind

These structures don't really look like other buildings Libeskind designed!

Cocacola

Cocacola

ecuador

ecuador

Danke Center- Libeskind

Danke Center- Libeskind

Danke center interior

Danke center interior

We actually went to the coca cola center twice to get free coke.. wasted time we could have spent seeing other pavilions

Coca cola center interactive screen

Coca cola center interactive screen

Exterior

Exterior

Germany

Germany

German Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle)

German Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle)

Interior

Interior

We ate lunch here at the german pavilion. They served really large portions of German Pork Knuckles and beer. There were a lot of native German bees on the roof top of the pavilion. 

Japan

Japan

Future restaurant in Japan pavilion

Future restaurant in Japan pavilion

Japan pavilion perspective of dinner table

Japan pavilion perspective of dinner table

U.S.A pavilion nearby

U.S.A pavilion nearby

Japan Pavilion Interior

Japan Pavilion Interior

We had another snack at the Japanese pavilion! There was a future restaurant interactive animation within the pavilion, which got us hungry again even though we just ate a few hours ago.

Russia

Russia

Estonia

Estonia

Russia vs Estonia

Indonesia

Indonesia

Morocco

Morocco

Herzog de Meuron slow food pavilion

Herzog de Meuron slow food pavilion

Kuwait

Kuwait

Kuwait Interior

Kuwait Pavilion interior

Slovenia

Slovenia

Chile

Chile

Swiss Pavilion

Swiss Pavilion

Sunset

Sunset

Nice sunset at the world expo, we soon realized that we were visiting pavilions too slow and we didn't have time to see the other pavilions we wanted to see.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Italian Pavilion

Italian Pavilion

We opted out to see the interior of the pavilion, since it was already late and if we stayed here we probably wouldn't be able to visit other pavilions... The atrium of the building was really nice though, and the italian pavilion was significantly larger than other pavilions at the world expo

Exterior

Exterior

British Pavilion

British Pavilion

View from below

View from below

People in Awe

People in Awe

Dome View

Dome View

China Pavilion at night

China Pavilion at night

We didn't get to go in this pavilion and also the United emirates pavilion by foster...This is when we regret going to the coca pavilion twice, waiting in the line just to get a free drink.

sunset and huge korean rock

sunset and huge korean rock

Dinner at Korean Pavilion

Dinner at Korean Pavilion

In conclusion, I know I probably could have seen more in the world expo, but I guess my stomach took over and I spent a lot of time eating and walking slowly. Only till the end, did we realize that there wasn't enough time to finish visiting the whole expo. I definitely wanted to see the interior of the Italian pavilion, United emirates pavilion , and also the Brazil pavilion. The following day I spent the whole day writing my essay, while congee went on his own to see the interior of the Milan Duomo, and also a Da Vinci exhibition. I was naive to think I could finish a blog about my whole trip in Italy in 1 blog post, since this Milan blog post already took about the same amount of length as my first post from Ronchamp to Zurich.  I will write next about Venice, and the Art Biennale we saw when we were there. Finals are coming up next week so I'm writing both posts in advance!

Thanks again for reading! although there isn't much text in this post!

 

-Ian Liu

11/28/2015

7:30 PM at AA DPL